Born in Scotland and brought up in Northern Ireland I settled in Haworth, West Yorkshire some time ago. I have a BSc in Home Economics and a PGCE in Textiles and I have worked as a secondary teacher in Halifax for more than 20 years teaching Design & Technology at KS3 as well as running GCSE and A Level courses in Textiles and Fine Art.
I have been steeped in textiles as a maker since childhood, learning knitting from my Granny and dressmaking from my Mum. I was fortunate to study in Oregon for a year and first learnt to felt there from the American felter Pat Spark in 1983. Years later when my enthusiasm for felt was rekindled I was lucky again to find ArtyBird Carnforth and have been attending as a student for the past 4 years. I have completed a Level 3 Certificate before embarking on my own endeavours in the last year through the Advanced Textile Workshop. I enjoy learning new techniques and have been developing my own method of working with mixed textiles media incoporating other crafts such as crochet and embroidery into my felt. I am a keen dyer and its application in various forms also features strongly in what I produce.
In addition to my work in Felt, I am studying for an A level in Photogrpahy and help run a life drawing group in Haworth.
I am a strong believer that there is creativity there to be developed in everyone and I look forward to working with you, sharing my passion for art and all things textile.